Beckett is a powerful, BAFTA-winning work of fiction by Simon Meek that will make you question what it is to exist. Experience the disturbing story of an ageing private investigator who is hired to find a young man suffering from a reality-altering illness. But whose reality is this?
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Feb 27, 2018
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November 5

BAFTA-winner!

We're chuffed to bits and thrilled to announce that Beckett won the Games category at this years BAFTA Scotland awards.

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September 26

BAFTA-nominated!

Beckett has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA. Thank you for everyone who's supporting us and the title so far. The Awards are on the 4th November. Watch this space.

Please do use this link (https://we.tl/t-dRUnfde1TG) to download a high-res poster of the game (currently only found as a A1 print in the Designer in Residence space at V&A Dundee).
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Reviews

“It’s stuck with me, it invaded my dreams last night, it’s impactful like a knife tip is impactful.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“I thoroughly enjoyed Beckett... it’s clear that The Secret Experiment fully committed themselves to the world Beckett inhabits and I found that the game stayed with me long after the credits rolled.”
Games Freezer

“A beautifully put together piece of work which pioneers new methods of mingling interactivity with narrativity and poetry.”
Sabotage Reviews

About This Game

**Beckett won the Games category in the 2018 BAFTA Scotland awards**

A single-player, point-and-click style noir that will make you question what it is to exist. It is unlike anything else you will ever play.

"If you knew my mind you could never love me," spoke Amy. Beckett was defiant, she was everything to him. Time has passed. Amy is dead. A missing persons case leads Beckett down a decaying rabbit hole to the outskirts of reality. Set in a world unlike anything you've experienced, this is an original surreal noir by The Secret Experiment. Take control. Explore. Navigate. Interact. Talk. Defy. Listen. Be careful. This place is unfamiliar. Make it your own.

The whole experience lasts around 3 hours. It will be in your head for a long time to come.

The surreal noir is to be showcased in The V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design, who have hand-picked Beckett as an example of design excellence in storytelling and digital media.

Thank you for supporting independent videogames.

Praise for Beckett:

"A rare example of total and genuine auteurism in the games world" - Glixel, Rolling Stone

"convincingly uncompromised" - Alphr

"Beckett impresses at every turn." - Cubed3

"The Secret Experiment has done something extraordinary with its absurdist noir, Beckett. They have managed to conflate exploration of a town with exploration of the protagonist's battered psyche. Shrewd use of text along with compelling visual and sound design results in an innovative and engrossing experience." - Russell Lees, creator of The Dark Eye

"A powerful experience for those willing to dive into it." - Big Boss Battle.

Includes:

- An original multi-layered story, discovered and reconstructed by the player and their imagination
- A dynamic narrative that responds to the way you play the story and interact with its world
- A bizarre and compelling world, filled with hand-made objects and artefacts
- A unique soundtrack and soundscape composed and aligned to the story and the world it exists in
- A pick-up-and-play interface, no gamer-skills necessary - just an inquisitive mind
- Questions about what it is to exist, the fragile nature of reality and the dark-humour that underpins life

Featuring:

- Morgellon & Ekbom Live Here - a short, interactive play, featuring the voice of John Otway (if you don't know it, you should check out his hit Really Free and its B-Side, Beware of The Flowers).
- Spectacular abstract environments to be explored and discovered, digitally painted by Herman Serrano (Weird Dreams, Chaos Engine, StarGlider)
- Illustrations by the incredibly talented Sean Mulvenna, and original screenprints by the fantastic Al White
- Programming by Gordon Bell (MotorStorm, The Shoot, Need for Speed: The Run)
- Design, direction, words, music and 'made-things' by Simon Meek (Slabovia.tv & The 39 Steps)
- Access to the dark recesses of your own mind

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Nudity or Sexual Content, Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: A 64-bit operating system is required spanning from Windows 7 SP1 and up.
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 processor or an AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) or AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) graphics card
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K or AMD FX 8350 Wraith
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 480 - 1920 x 1080 or NVIDIA GTX 970 - 1920 x 1080
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: MacOS 10.11.6 or Newer
    • Processor: 3.0GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB AMD R9 M290 or better
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: MacOS 10.11.6 or Newer
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

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